Each day our children participate in a chapel service where they have the opportunity to hear a positive message. This is a fun time for the kids to learn new songs, hear Bible stories, and learn memory verses. The most important thing that we do at YES is to plant a seed in a child’s heart.
Tutoring & Homework Assistance
Utilizing hundreds of volunteers from the business community and area colleges, children receive one-on-one homework assistance and tutoring in basic literacy, math and English. After each session, children enjoy a nutritious meal and are provided transportation home.
Summer Bible Camp
Many children who grow up in public housing have never had the opportunity to explore outside their own neighborhood. Each year over 300 children are taken to one of our week-long sessions to experience the wonders of nature at a 17-acre camp in Joelton, TN.
YES centers provide plenty of indoor and outdoor physical development opportunities. Children are taught about having an active and healthy lifestyle through sports, games, and other physical activities.
YES fall and winter basketball program engages children of all ages, with both boys and girls teams. Through the organized league play, children from public housing are given a positive outlet for their energy and a safe place to play basketball.
Because many low-income children don’t have access or exposure to the arts, YES strives to bring the arts to them.
Back to School Store
When the Metro schools discontinued providing basic school materials to disadvantaged children due to budget constraints, YES began its “Back to School” program to provide pencils, notebooks, paper, workbooks, etc. to children. Children receive the school supplies and clothing that they desperately need to begin each new school year.
Every year, YES parents are invited to attend our annual Christmas Store. Each family has the opportunity to select a complete outfit of new clothing and new toys for each child, regardless of how many children are in the home. Each family is also given a large box of groceries, including a ham or turkey for a Christmas dinner, as well as a gift card. Each year over 1,000 underprivileged children are served.
Honor Roll Trip
We offer academic incentives to our children to encourage them to stay in school and keep good grades.
Each year we take the kids that make their school’s honor roll (all As and Bs) during the school year on a special outing. You should see how encouraged the kids are by our pride in their scholastic accomplishments and how hard they work during the year to make sure they are on the list to go!
Each of our three centers has a state-of-the-art computer lab. During the week our children participate in some type of computer practice. The younger children love playing educational computer games. Our teens have learned important skills like designing their own newspaper, creating PowerPoint presentations, learning how to use Excel and more!
By exposing our kids to service opportunities, we pray that the kids will grow in compassion and understanding of those areas where they can make the world better. Our children have participated in organized service projects such as yard work, painting houses and visiting the elderly. We have taken our teens on trips to do disaster relief. By fostering within them the desire to serve, we are encouraging them to embody the essence of Christ.
In order to expose the children that we serve to the world outside of inner city communities, we take them on field trips throughout the year. These field trips include sporting events, plays, museums, ballets, theme parks…we even take them to the opera!
Job Skills Training
Our goal at YES is be holistic – to give kids who don’t have opportunities and resources the same exposure and encouragement that other kids have, to put them on a level playing field so they can achieve successful lives. For this reason, throughout the year we inform our children of various trades through our job skills training program.
Throughout the year we will organize specific classes for our teens such as drug prevention, anger management, abstinence classes, cyber space safety, and more.
Various Other Activities
YES strives to utilize the talents and skills of our volunteers. Because of this, we have been able to organize various activities such as cooking classes, arts and crafts, rock-climbing lessons, gardening, photography, wood carving and more!
Opportunities to attend college are unheard of for children from Nashville’s inner city. However, because of the generosity of YES supporters, our YES children are able to pursue their dreams because of YES college scholarships. For any of our children that want to further their education, we will find a way to get them to college. There are YES children that have applied for our college scholarships hoping their dreams will become a reality. Will you help us give a life-changing, odds-defying opportunity to these children? For more information about scholarships, click here.